ION CLUB TARIFA
The Best of Surfing Elements
Location : Tarifa, Spain
Season : 1st March till 06th of January
Opening hours: 10.30am – 5.30pm
July & August : 10.30am – 8.00pm
Tarifa is located on the southernmost tip of the European continent, where the Strait of Gibraltar and the African coast are so close that they almost touch. Due to the jet effect of the Strait of Gibraltar, the winds get additional force and accelerate on the exit of the Strait, often reaching up to 30 knots and more on the good days.
Especially from April to November, Tarifa is blessed with an almost 100% wind guarantee. The combination of wind, beautiful landscapes, amazing infrastructure of shops, restaurants, bars, and an outstanding nightlife - make Tarifa one of the top locations for windsurfers and kitesurfers from all over the world.
Our Center in Tarifa is situated right on the most famous beach for windsurfing and kiting - Valdevaqueros. Besides Windsurf and Kitesurf rental, our international team of certified instructors offer a great variety of different lessons. People with own equipment can make use of our extensive storage facilities.
On the same property there is also the famous Tumbao beach bar and Valdevaqueros restaurant.
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“ION CLUB Tarifa sits right on the best spot of the European Wind capital, the beach of Valdevaqueros. The center is fully equipped with the newest top quality gear on the market to make your experience unforgettable!!! You will practice and improve your favorite watersport right were your family and friends will enjoy good food, nice music, and a garden protected from the wind. The atmosphere will reset your brain and body from all the daily stress.
Tarifa is also offering such a melting pot of cultures and activities like mountain biking, rock-climbing, whale-watching, scuba diving, horse-riding, tour to Morocco, exploring Roman ruins and then ending your active day ‘diving’ into the night vibes of Tarifa.”
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Tarifa is located on the southernmost tip of the European continent, where the Strait of Gibraltar and the African coast are so close that they almost touch. Due to the jet effect of the Strait the winds get additional force and acceleration so that they easily reach up to 8 beaufort on top days. No doubt Tarifa is one of the best spots in Europe with almost a 100% wind guarantee.
ION CLUB Tarifa center is located right in front of the spot, not too far from the huge Dune amidst lush vegetation and on a beautiful sandy beach. Due to the protected bay, all levels can be taught depending upon the wind force. The bay also offers a safe spot in strong Levante days as you will be drifting towards the dune in case of something happens. The shorebreak can be challenging in Autumn with onshore wind (Poniente). Beginners tuition depends on the wind conditions and cannot be guaranteed. There is no disputing the fact that our ION CLUB Valdevaqueros is one of the best windsurfing and kitesurfing spot in Tarifa.
In strong levante winds, the spot at the Hotel Hurricane will be easier and less windy than directly in front of the center of Valdevaqueros.
LOS CAÑOS DEL MECA
During the summer months Los Caños de Meca has the best conditions for waves. The center is organizing day trips to Caños and rental guests are free to take equipment away to different spots any time they like.
April, May, June, July, August, September, October
During Summer time the dominating wind is Levante blowing from East (cross offshore from the left), in Autumn and Spring it is Poniente blowing from West (sideshore to cross onshore from the right).
Choppy to flat water in Summer and some good swell can come in during Autumn and Winter season.
HOW TO GET TO TARIFA?
From Malaga to Tarifa
Leave the airport, taking the AP-7 motorway in the direction of Algeciras/ Cadiz will be the fastest route (approx cost is 15 euros). It shortens the trip considerably as compared with the national road, which takes approx. 35 minutes more.
From Jerez to Tarifa
Follow the A-381 in the direction of A-390 for about 24 km and take the exit 24 and leave A-381. Take the A-396 in the direction of N-340/E5 for about 22 km and then take left on the N-340/E5 (follow the signs saying "Tarifa/Algeciras") and keep driving for about 40 km. When you arrive in Tarifa, you will see the Valdevaqueros Camping on your left, turn right after the camping and you'll find the ION CLUB Tarifa on the beach, next to Tumbao bar.
Continue in the direction of Cadiz on the N-340, passing through the village of Pelayo in the mountains ; after about 20 km, Tarifa can be seen ahead.
To get to the center, drive on past the town of Tarifa and after about 10 km the Hurricane Hotel center can be seen on the left. After a further 2 km, turn right at Valdevaqueros Camping and take a U turn to take the Valdevaqueros Entrance now on your right and continue on to the ION CLUB Valdevaqueros Center, which you will find on the beach next to Tumbao bar.
N-340, Km76, 11380 Tarifa, Cádiz, Spain
WHAT TO DO AROUND TARIFA?
Baelo Claudia is one of Andalucia´s most significant and well-preserved Roman archeological sites. The extensive ruins are situated on the Costa de la Luz, some 15km north of Tarifa, by the small town of Bolonia and its beautiful beach. The site´s important history rests on the former city having been a strategic point for trade routes between Europe and North Africa; the Straits of Gibraltar are just 14km wide at their narrowest point, and Baelo Claudia profited from this proximity. The remains of the impressive temple, Forum, basilica, baths, aqueduct, and large fish-salting factory in particular, can all be seen today, giving an insight into the former glory of the city.
A wonderful opportunity to get close to whales, dolphins and other sea mammals, in their natural habitat in the Straits of Gibraltar. Because this stretch of water is only 13 miles wide at its narrowest point, the concentration of cetaceans (whales) is very high, especially towards the middle. It is about three miles offshore that you find the larger creatures, such as the Minke Whale and Sperm Whale. From mid July to mid September Orcas are most abundant in the Straights of Gibraltar because they are hunting the Tuna that passes through the Straights at this time of the year to reach the Atlantic. ION CLUB Tarifa can organise a sailing trip or SUP crossing over the straight upon request. Don’t miss this opportunity of living an unforgettable experience !
VEJER DE LA FRONTERA
“Pueblo blanco”, classic white village on the hilltop is well worth a visit. The more interesting arrival is from the bottom of the ravine called La Barca de Vejer. From here take the steep road up the escarpment and straight into the beautiful Plaza de España, undoubtedly one of the prettiest village squares in Spain. The town square, shaded by vast palm trees, has a wonderful old fountain with traditional ceramic Andalucian frogs, which spout water high into the air, thus forming a fountain. If you are lucky, park the car in the plaza. If not park on the road leading up to the plaza and walk back. From the plaza enter the old walled town through the arch (Arco de la Villa). This stunning castellated town is a magical place to explore, its quiet cobbled streets meandering through a charming jumble of secret corners, hidden patios and delightful houses.
A story of pioneer since 1985
The story of the ION CLUB tells of people who have turned their passion for windsurfing and kitesurfing into a profession. Since its founding in 1985, customer orientation, team spirit, innovation and professionalism have been the top priorities of our corporate philosophy.
The ION CLUB / Club Mistral has gained a lot of experience in the 30 years of its existence and has developed more and more into a company that focuses on communicating with guests and fulfilling their needs and wishes.
With 16 water sports schools worldwide, we are one of the leading companies in this field. ION CLUB has a network of international partners in different countries. We strive to be international and multicultural and express this through the selection of our employees, who currently come from 24 different countries.
Frequently asked questions ?
Do you need to be young and strong to learn kitesurfing?
No you don’t need to. It’s a sport where you need feeling not strength.
How many lessons do I need to learn kitesurfing from a total beginner?
After 8-10 hours in easy conditions you normally start to ride. But already after 1hr you can have a lot of fun.
What kind of classes do you offer?
We offer private and semiprivate classes for all levels and all disciplines. All the lessons are done using the advanced BB talking radio system.
What do I need to bring for my kite/windsurf lessons at ION CLUB Tarifa?
You should bring sun protection, sunglasses (preferably with a strap so you don’t lose them) and a smile on your face. Everything else (wetsuit, harness, helmet, life jacket and kite equipment) will be provided by us.
What languages do your instructors speak?
All our instructors speak English and normally we have Spanish, Italian, German and French speaking instructors in our team.
How can I pay for my lessons?
We accept all types of credit-cards, Euro and you can now pay through our web page with your smartphone - link -
Is wetsuit, harness and protection (lifejacket and helmet) included in the price?
We really care about the comfort and safety of our guests. Wetsuit, harness, life jacket and helmet are included in the price of lessons as well as in the price when you’re renting your equipment.
What happens if I pay for the lesson in advance but there is no wind?
Kitesurfing and Windsurfing are both sports that depends on the nature. Tarifa is one of the best spots in Europe to guarantee wind but of course, no wind days can happen as well. If you are renting with us, you can use the SUPs and surf boards free of charge. If you have booked lessons with us and the conditions don’t allow us to provide the lesson, you will get a voucher for the remaining lessons. Perfect excuse to come back to Tarifa one day...
Why is ION CLUB the best school in Tarifa?
ION CLUB has been teaching watersports for more than 35 years worldwide and followed the development of the sports and the gear. ION CLUB Tarifa is the biggest kite, windsurf and SUP center in Tarifa. We are based on the beautiful beach in Valdevaqueros,the perfect spot for the both most common wind directions in Tarifa. With PONIENTE, thanks to the sand dune the thermal wind usually kicks in after lunch, with LEVANTE, the shape of the beach provides safe conditions.
Our professional and friendly team is multilingual, certified with the Spanish FAV license and German VDWS license and IKO. We teach Kitesurfing with the radio BB Talking system, that provides the fastest way of learning and every lesson is fitted to your personal needs to make a great progression.
Our guests have the unique possibility to use the showers, changing room, lockers or storage right on the beach.
After your session you can chill on the private chill-out area, enjoy the summer vibes and drinks from the TUMBAO bar, have lunch in the chiringuito, fresh smoothies and amazing burgers in the afternoon.
Do I need to book equipment in advance?
Pre-booking will always assure you the best price and availability.
Do I need insurance for the equipment?
It is recommended if you like a stress-free vacation but you can choose not to take it.
What does a rental include?
The complete gear, a wetsuit and a harness if you did not bring your own.
Do I have to bring my own wetsuit and harness?
If you prefer a special model it’s recommended. Or if you want to make sure to find your size available.
Can I store my own equipment at your center?
At our center you can store your kite and windsurf equipment all year long or for the time of your holidays so that your car doesn’t get sandy and you don’t have to carry everything back and forth. As part of the storage deal, the showers, changing room, lockers and chill-out zone is fully to your disposal.
Can I rent equipment and go to a different spot?
Yes, you can.
What happens if I pay for rental in advance but there is no wind?
It depends on the rental option you choose.
Do you have a rescue boat?
Rescue service in Tarifa is provided by two main private companies. All of our guests are under the supervision of a private safety boat. The other users of the spot can purchase a pre-paid rescue card at our center.
What is the best time of the year to kite in Tarifa?
Tarifa offers good conditions all year but of course from March to November the weather is normally nicer.
Where can I check the wind conditions?
It is hard to read the forecast because the micro climate of the area is affecting the standard charts. Our team will be happy to give their view on daily basis during your stay and suggest the best activity to organize.
What is the best wind direction for the spot in Valdevaqueros?
The two most known winds of the area are Poniente (West) and Levante (East) and they are both good on our spot.
Do I need shoes at your spot?
Only in some little area there are some stones so normally you don’t need them.
What no-wind activities do you offer?
Sup excursions and Surf lessons.